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The Fall (Strain Trilogy #2)

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9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Slick Vampire Tale

Switch on the UV light, slip on your silver bling, because this book is going to suck you in. This is book II of the Strain Trilogy. I missed book I, The Strain, but had no problem catching up within a few pages. The book is very fast paced, with just enough characters ...
Switch on the UV light, slip on your silver bling, because this book is going to suck you in. This is book II of the Strain Trilogy. I missed book I, The Strain, but had no problem catching up within a few pages. The book is very fast paced, with just enough characters to carry the tale easily without overly complicating the plot. The world is being taken over by the minions of the Master. He is the youngest of the seven Ancients, a group of vampires who were slowly dominating the world. The Master has decided to eliminate the other Ancients, and take control of world, with humans as the food crop to nourish his army of vampires. A handful of humans attempt to stand in his way. Chief among them is Setrakian, an aging professor and experienced vampire hunter. Many years ago he was forced to kill his own wife who had been turned by the vampires. Fet, a former pest exterminator in New York, who finds his true calling is eradicating vampires. Eph , former head of the Center for Disease Control team assigned to fight this seeming epidemic, learns the truth from Setrakian and joins him to stop the Master. Zack, Eph's young son, is forced to grow up fast in a world where his mother, now a vampire, is seeking him to bring him into the fold. Throw in some corporate egomaniacs, Nazi war criminals, vampire hunting gang bangers, and a slew of red eyed, voracious vampires and you get a story packed with action from end to end. Del Toro and Hogan add some nuances to the standard vampire tale and throw in an ending that grabs you unexpectedly to make this a great summer read.

posted by Ronrose on July 6, 2010

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

The End of Humanity Comes Closer in The Fall

The Fall is the second book in The Strain Trilogy by Chuck Hogan and famed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. Continuing from the exact point where the first novel, The Strain, left off, The Fall is another action-packed installment of the human race's pending extermination ...
The Fall is the second book in The Strain Trilogy by Chuck Hogan and famed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. Continuing from the exact point where the first novel, The Strain, left off, The Fall is another action-packed installment of the human race's pending extermination at the hands of vicious, blood-thirsty vampires. Del Toro's and Hogan's vampires are reminiscent of those first seen in Richard Matheson's I Am Legend, or, more recently, The Passage by Justin Cronin. These are not the drawing room vampires of Anne Rice or the teeny-bopper heartthrobs of The Twilight Saga. The vampires in The Fall are barely reminiscent of their human selves, having been transformed by a viral worm into vampires whose primary hunting tool is a massive stinger that retracts up to six feet from their mouths, striking at their victims and injecting them with venom. The Fall links Holocaust events to an underground plot by ancient vampires to infiltrate and ultimately destroy the human race. A dwindling cast of characters includes Abraham Setrakian, an old vampire hunter who has survived the concentration camps himself and spent the rest of his life researching and destroying vampires; Ephraim Goodweather, a discredited physician with the CDC, and his son, Zach; Ephraim's partner Nora and her elderly Alzheimer's-inflicted mother; Vasiliy Fet, a New York City exterminator; and a handful of NYC gang members-turned-vampire hunters. This second novel, although equally as action-intensive as the first, falls short of the originality, character development, and overall excitement of the first novel. As the vampires continue their domination over the human race, thousands upon thousands of the vicious creatures attack the small band of humans. Yes, this is a fantasy novel, and readers should not look for much character development or realism. However, it becomes increasingly less believable throughout the novel that these highly powerful, supernatural creatures are so easily destroyed by a small ground of inexperienced hunters. At one point in the novel, even the child Zach kills two vampires without even trying. Overall, The Fall is a lot of fun, especially the scenes in which Goodweather's ex-wife, Kelly, now a full-fledged vampire, stalks the small group in search of her son, hoping to turn him into a vampire himself. The scenes surrounding an ancient text, the Occido Lumen, a book that explains the origins of the vampires as well as the methods by which to destroy them, add an element of The Da Vinci Code to this story as the coded and cryptic language must be decoded in hope of perhaps saving the human race from ultimate destruction. Following the release of Justin Cronin's popular novel, The Passage, is was perhaps too soon to release The Fall, yet another novel about a vampiric virus destroying the human race and its few remaining survivors struggling to save humanity. I look forward the 2011 release of the third and final installment in The Strain Triology.

posted by Richard_Szponder on October 19, 2010

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Love this entire trilogy!

    Love this entire trilogy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Not as good as the Strain

    Hard to understand jumps all over. The Strain was a better read. Not even going to buy #3.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    This book opens almost immediately after the first one ended, wh

    This book opens almost immediately after the first one ended, which will be refreshing for the readers. Almost no time has passed, and the time that has is explained. Today’s vampires are sexy, brooding and seductive, which is fine, but del Toro and Hogan take this desire for immortality and they remind people that vampires were originally evil, blood-sucking creatures who did not sparkle, did not cry blood, but simply fed to satisfy the most basic instinct. This dark duo takes the story to a whole new level, not pulling any punches and not showing any mercy. You will be begging for, and dreading, the final chapter to this twisted tale.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    A gripping, stunning, and terrifying trilogy about the extermina

    A gripping, stunning, and terrifying trilogy about the extermination of the human race by a vampiric plague. The suspense of the first book continues as the parasitic virus spread by the "Master's" ominous plan leaves the human race decimated within days. The detail, accuracy, thought and character development put into this novel makes the reader feel like the events are actually happening in real time. Once you delve into the first chapter of the Strain, the mounting tension will keep you completely engrossed in the whole Trilogy. Sleep while you can, because "The Night Eternal" looms on the horizon with mankind at the brink of extinction!

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    Spellbinding

    Following on the heels of the first book this one captivated me from the first chapter and didn't let go until the last word on the last page. Unfortunately the interest built in books one and two do not carry over to the third.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Good read

    Now onto the last book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Letdown

    Not nearly as good as the first book. The father-son storyline is so annoying that i won't even read the third book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Good

    It was ok. The story was a good continuation of the first book. It seemed like the relationship between two of the characters was than what the audience was led on to. So some of the reations didn't make sense. Otherwise it ended well and in a way that makes me want to read the last book in the series

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

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    Amazing, if you only read one book this year read this book

    Very seldomnly do I find a book this engaging. If you like horror scifi genre check this one out. The Fall is a very dark story that I would say is the perfect second story in the Strain trilogy. This is honestly the first trilogy I have seen that had the perfect middle story. A series of heart wrenching moments leave you wounded and begging for more. I highly urge you to read The Strain first before reading this book. A definite must read.

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  • Posted January 23, 2012

    Must read for sci-fi buffs and Guillermo del Toro fans!!

    Awesome series for anyone who loves smart, page turning science fiction. This is a must also for any Guillermo Del Toro fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Not as good as the first book in the series

    not a scary as the first book. the vamps become too commonplace and easy to kill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Good...

    ...book as far as Vampire saga's go. I liked the continued story of the character's. It's not a book for anyone who wants something to sink their teeth into, a lot of plot holes, but overall a satisfying read. There are no glittering vamps in this story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    The best one of the three

    A great read. My only complaint is that this and the third book should have been sold as one. The first book could kind of stand by itself, but the second can't and it leaves everything hanging so you have to read the third. Steven King writes big long books and usually sells them as one story, but I'm rambling. This was a good read and its recommended.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

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    Very worthy follow-up!

    Usually after the initial novel, the middle sequel leaves something to be desired; not this one. The book starts with an extract from Ephraim Goodweather's diary "It took the world just sixty days to end". This is a full tilt continuation of The Strain set a few weeks after the 777 landed in NY with The Master on board. The converted passengers of the plane have changed over into vampires and had returned to their homes in search of their "dear ones" (their family), turned them & so on. The vampiric virus is sweeping NY and other locations around the globe with the assistance of the uber-rich & dying Eldridge Palmer facilitating the spreading of the infection in the hopes of being turned himself. As one would think, society is in a full out panic & services are breaking down. Roads are jammed, gas & food are scarce and the nighttime world belongs to the vampires who are in all out slaughter mode. This novel is filled with many twists & turns culminating in The Masters ultimate endgame (which I will not spoil here). If you liked The Strain, you'll certainly want to read this follow-up! I, myself have already started devouring the third book in the trilogy & the saga continues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Not easy to put down!

    Highly recommend! Need to read The Strain first to really enjoy the intensity, depth and roller coaster flow that this series provides... Just the right amount of everything!!!

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  • Posted November 8, 2011

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    A very low three! Disappointing!

    After thoroughly enjoying the first book in this trilogy (5 stars) I was eagerly waiting to read this. When the time finally came I realized that the book probably would have been better off if it had ended after book one. Here there is so much going on that characters aren¿t able to be developed, they get forgotten, and the schemes seem too complicated. The idea of vampirism being a contagion was fantastic but here it goes in a different direction that loses its coolness. Also, there are so many times where the rules of the contagion that the writers invented they seemed to break. Overall, a big disappointment based on its predecessor but not terrible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    FYI - final (third) book is out as of 10/26/11

    Trilogy is complete

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND! AWESOME BOOK AND READ

    COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN FOR A SECOND...CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK 3!!! :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Details, details.......

    This wasn't nearly as suspenseful as part one, but a necessary read none the less. The Fall is full of action and gives us a better understanding of what's really going on in the story. The real action doesn't really begin until the last 75 pages or so, but it left me eagerly awaiting the final book to this awesome trilogy!! I hope there's a movie in the works, (although, I'd probably be too afraid to watch!!) :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Highly Recommend this one! liked it alot. Don't want to give anything away, but it's definately worth your time. Read book 1, The Strain, first.

    liked it alot. Don't want to give anything away, but it's definately worth your time. Read book 1, The Strain, first. Characters are rich, story is well written, very interesting take on the vampire.

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